THE LIVING ROOM

 

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HISTORY

The Living Room was created by Ranby Hien and was located on Westminster Street in downtown Providence across the street from Lupo’s Heatbreak Hotel at the southwest end of Westminster Street. Its focus was more on the burgeoning local scene. The room was long and narrow and the stage was in the corner as you walked in against the window on Westminster.  Mainstays at the Living Room included the Probers, the DC Tenz, the Schemers, and the Mundanes.  A lot of the bands from Boston also came to play the venue including the Neighborhoods, Lou Miami and the Kosmetix, Human Sexual Response, and Robin Lane and the Chartbusters.

In May 1981 The Living Room closed down to make way for a federal building that would eventually take its location. The second Living Room opened in what was known as the Bubble complex because its its bubble skylights. This space was located at 273 Promenade St in Providence and hosted many national as well as local acts like The Ramones, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren,
Motörhead, Joe Perry Project...etc This Living Room ran until the beginning of 1990 at which point it closed down for a few years.

In 1995 The Living Room reopened again at 23 Rathbone Street in Providence where it continues to host many great local and national acts. 

In a sad note, our beloved owner and friend Randy Hien was accidentally killed by a motorist near his home in September 2006. His death spurred tributes on TV, in newspapers and on the Internet. 

Click here to read articles on the life of Randal Hien.  

 

CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

 

1975-1981 - The Living Room (#1) - 380 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

VENUE YEAR MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
                 
  1975 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence 1975 Randy Hien opens the Living Room for business            
  1980 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence April 9, 1980 Robin Laine & the Chartbusters The Probers          
Living Room, Providence April 10, 1980 Robin Laine & the Chartbusters Buddy Erkin Band          
Living Room, Providence May 23, 1980 The Pepitones The Neighborhoods          
Living Room, Providence May 25, 1980 Jon Butcher Axis            
Living Room, Providence May 26, 1980 Human Sexual Response            
Living Room, Providence May 27, 1980 Human Sexual Response            
Living Room, Providence June 12, 1980 Mission Of Burma New Models          
Living Room, Providence September 26, 1980 Mission Of Burma Human Sexual Response          
Living Room, Providence October 12, 1980 Mission Of Burma Boy's Life          
  1981 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence January 16, 1981 Mission Of Burma New Models          

1981-1990 - The Living Room (#2 Bubble complex) - 273 Promenade Street,  Providence, RI 02908

VENUE YEAR MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence August 14, 1981 Dead Boys Proletariat          
  1982 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence February 20, 1982 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence May 1, 1982 Boy's Life Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence May 12, 1982 Dave Edmunds            
Living Room, Providence May 26, 1982 GG Allin Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence May 28, 1982 Tom Verlaine            
Living Room, Providence June 30, 1982 Jonathan Richman            
Living Room, Providence July 23, 1982 Mission Of Burma The Neats          
Living Room, Providence July 29, 1982 Flesheaters Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence September 4, 1982 Billy Idol Trademarks Mike Viola        
Living Room, Providence September 13, 1982 Bad Brians Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence October 1, 1982 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence October 10, 1982 Mission Of Burma            
Living Room, Providence October 20, 1982 Puppet Rulers Modern Pioneers   YES      
Living Room, Providence October 22, 1982 Rockats Glen Phillips   YES      
Living Room, Providence October 23, 1982 Robin Lane & the Chartbusters The Shake   YES      
Living Room, Providence October 24, 1982 The Producers Rash of Stabbings   YES      
Living Room, Providence October 28, 1982 Johnny Thunders     YES      
Living Room, Providence October 24, 1982 Livingston Taylor     YES      
Living Room, Providence October 31, 1982 Lou Miami & the Kozmetix     YES      
Living Room, Providence November 4, 1982 Andy Pratt     YES      
Living Room, Providence November 5, 1982 The Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence November 6, 1982 The Persuasions     YES      
Living Room, Providence November 12, 1982 Wall Of Voodoo     YES      
Living Room, Providence November 13, 1982 Payolas The Schemers   YES      
Living Room, Providence November 29, 1982 The Possesions Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence December 3, 1982 The Neighborhoods Rash of Stabbings   YES      
Living Room, Providence December 4, 1982 James Montgomery Band     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 10, 1982 Robin Laine & the Chartbusters     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 11, 1982 Robin Laine & the Chartbusters     YES      
  1983 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence January 6, 1983 Bow Wow Wow     YES      
Living Room, Providence January 7, 1983 Bow Wow Wow            
Living Room, Providence January 8, 1983 Mission of Burma Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence February 5, 1983 Richard Hell & The Voidoids Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence April 29, 1983 R.E.M. Arms Akimbo Prisoners of Beat        
Living Room, Providence May 1, 1983 .007 Proletariat Rash of Stabbings        
Living Room, Providence May 23, 1983 Circle Jerks Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence June 3, 1983 The Schemers     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 4, 1983 Robin Lane & the Chartbusters The Shake   YES      
Living Room, Providence June 11, 1983 Lou Miami & the Kozmetix     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 12, 1983 The Schemers     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 24, 1983 Berlin Airlift Glen Phillips   YES      
Living Room, Providence June 25, 1983 Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 8, 1983 Bad Brains Proletariat   YES      
Living Room, Providence July 9, 1983 Ministry     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 14, 1983 R.E.M. Parallel 5th   YES      
Living Room, Providence July 15, 1983 The Waitresses     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 21, 1983 The Schemers     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 22, 1983 Lou Miami & the Kozmetix     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 29, 1983 The Fleshtones     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 30, 1983 Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence August 21, 1983 Idle Rich Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence October 1, 1983 Idle Rich Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence October 13, 1983 R.E.M. Let's Active          
Living Room, Providence November 3, 1983 Circle Jerks Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence November 5, 1983 Bobby & The Midnites            
Living Room, Providence November 21, 1983 Circle Jerks Verbal Assault   YES      
Living Room, Providence November 25, 1983 The Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 2, 1983 Joe Perry Project     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 3, 1983 Cyndi Lauper     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 9, 1983 999     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 12, 1983 Alarm     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 16, 1983 Jon Butcher Axis     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 30, 1983 The Ramones            
  1984 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence January 16, 1984 Idle Rich Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence March 10, 1984 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence March 23, 1984 Alien Sex Fiend Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence May 25, 1984 Wire Train The Schemers   YES      
Living Room, Providence May 27, 1984 Violent Femmes Lifeboat   YES      
Living Room, Providence June 9, 1984 The Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 28, 1984 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence August   , 1984 Al Stewart            
Living Room, Providence October 12, 1984 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence November 7, 1984 John Cale           Recorded
Living Room, Providence November 21, 1984 The Church            
Living Room, Providence December 25, 1984 The Schemers     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 26, 1984 Todd Rundgren     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 28, 1984 The Neighborhoods Rash of Stabbings   YES      
Living Room, Providence December 30, 1984 Del-Lords     YES      
Living Room, Providence December 31, 1984 The Schemers MX   YES      
  1985 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence January 4, 1985 Lou Miami & the Kozmetix     YES      
Living Room, Providence January 5, 1985 Til Tuesday     YES      
Living Room, Providence January 12, 1985 Robin Lane & the Chartbusters     YES      
Living Room, Providence January 18, 1985 The Probers     YES      
Living Room, Providence January 25, 1985 Tom Robinson     YES      
Living Room, Providence February 14, 1985 Gun Club     YES      
Living Room, Providence March 8, 1985 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence May 20, 1985 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence June 23, 1985 The Outlaws            
Living Room, Providence July 1, 1985 Rash Of Stabbings Proletariat          
Living Room, Providence September 26, 1985 Al Stewart         YES  
Living Room, Providence October 12, 1985 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence November 19, 1985 Bears w/ Adrian Belew            
  1986 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence March 29, 1986 Lou Miami & the Kozmetix Rash of Stabbings   YES      
Living Room, Providence April 1, 1986 The Fools     YES      
Living Room, Providence April 3, 1986 Dead Milkmen Coat Of Arms   YES      
Living Room, Providence April 4, 1986 The Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence April 6, 1986 Venom            
Living Room, Providence June 25, 1986 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence July   , 1986 Bears w/ Adrian Belew            
Living Room, Providence July 12, 1986 The Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 26, 1986 The Church            
Living Room, Providence August 1, 1986 Blue Öyster Cult            
Living Room, Providence October 18, 1986 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence October 27, 1986 Chick Corea Alan Holdsworth          
Living Room, Providence November , 1986 Megadeth            
Living Room, Providence November 24, 1986 Motörhead Lizzy Borden          
Living Room, Providence December 1, 1986 Slayer Overkill          
Living Room, Providence December 13, 1986 Todd Rundgren            
  1987 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence January 9, 1987 Johnny Thunders Gang Green          
Living Room, Providence January 10, 1987 Lou Miami & The Kozmetix Push Comes II Shove          
Living Room, Providence January 16, 1987 Bad Brains Verbal Assault           
Living Room, Providence January 17, 1987 The Schemers Rash Of Stabbings          
Living Room, Providence January 18, 1987 Cro-Mags            
Living Room, Providence January 24, 1987 Marshall Tucker Band            
Living Room, Providence January 31, 1987 The Extreme Triton          
Living Room, Providence February 6, 1987 The Fools MX          
Living Room, Providence February 7, 1987 The Neighborhoods            
Living Room, Providence February 8, 1987 Dickey Betts Band            
Living Room, Providence February 13, 1987 Bo Diddley            
Living Room, Providence February 15, 1987 The Extreme Triton          
Living Room, Providence February 16, 1987 The Meatmen Straw Dogs          
Living Room, Providence February 26, 1987 Del Fuegos Batalonia          
Living Room, Providence March 14, 1987 Alvin Lee The Hurricanes   YES      
Living Room, Providence March 16, 1987 Firehose DC3   YES      
Living Room, Providence March 17, 1987 Hoodoo Gurus     YES      
Living Room, Providence March 20, 1987 Crowded House The Raindogs   YES      
Living Room, Providence March 21, 1987 Gregg Allman Band Ken Lyon & Tombstone   YES      
Living Room, Providence March 27, 1987 The Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence March 28, 1987 Throwing Muses     YES      
Living Room, Providence March 29, 1987 The Extreme     YES      
Living Room, Providence April 2, 1987 Johnny Winter            
Living Room, Providence April 3, 1987 Wang Chung            
Living Room, Providence April 5, 1987 Motörhead Malice          
Living Room, Providence April 10, 1987 Face to Face            
Living Room, Providence April 11, 1987 Rash Of Stabbings            
Living Room, Providence April 24, 1987 Circle Jerks            
Living Room, Providence April 30, 1987 Tower Of Power            
Living Room, Providence May 1, 1987 Extreme            
Living Room, Providence May 2, 1987 Sonic Youth Batalonia          
Living Room, Providence May 4, 1987 Voivod Kreator          
Living Room, Providence May 5, 1987 Jon Butcher            
Living Room, Providence May 7, 1987 Butthole Surfers            
Living Room, Providence May 8, 1987 Suicidal Tendencies            
Living Room, Providence May 9, 1987 Roomful Of Blues Robin Trower          
Living Room, Providence May 10, 1987 World Party            
Living Room, Providence May 11, 1987 Henry Rollins Band JD Suther Karla Bonoff        
Living Room, Providence May 12, 1987 China Crisis            
Living Room, Providence May 13, 1987 Neville Brothers            
Living Room, Providence May 15, 1987 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence May 22, 1987 Throwing Muses The Pixies          
Living Room, Providence May 23, 1987 The Wailers One People          
Living Room, Providence May 24, 1987 The Extreme Triton          
Living Room, Providence May 27, 1987 Megadeth Overkill          
Living Room, Providence May 29, 1987 The Neighborhoods            
Living Room, Providence June 1, 1987 Anthrax Metal Church          
Living Room, Providence June 12, 1987 Rash Of Stabbings            
Living Room, Providence June 13, 1987 The Extreme            
Living Room, Providence June 19, 1987 Bears w/ Adrian Belew            
Living Room, Providence June 20, 1987 The Guess Who             
Living Room, Providence June 22, 1987 Dirty Rotten Imbeciles            
Living Room, Providence June 25, 1987 Faith No More            
Living Room, Providence June 27, 1987 The Saints Rash Of Stabbings          
Living Room, Providence July 15, 1987 Todd Rundgren            
Living Room, Providence July 17, 1987 Angry Samoans New Model Army          
Living Room, Providence July 24, 1987 Yellowman            
Living Room, Providence August 5, 1987 Billy Brag            
Living Room, Providence August 6, 1987 Jon Butcher            
Living Room, Providence August 8, 1987 Mark Farner            
Living Room, Providence August 22, 1987 Del Fuegos Batalonia          
Living Room, Providence August 27, 1987 Alvin Lee MX          
Living Room, Providence August 28, 1987 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence August 29, 1987 Julian Cope            
Living Room, Providence September 2, 1987 King Diamond Trouble          
Living Room, Providence September 9, 1987 GBH            
Living Room, Providence September 11, 1987 Sonic Youth            
Living Room, Providence September 16, 1987 Dead Milkmen            
Living Room, Providence September 22, 1987 The Fixx            
Living Room, Providence September 24, 1987 Grim Reaper Armored Saint Helloween        
Living Room, Providence October 23, 1987 The Pixies            
Living Room, Providence October 26, 1987 Guns N' Roses            
Living Room, Providence October 29, 1987 Wendy O Williams & The Plasmatics            
Living Room, Providence November 6, 1987 Red Hot Chilli Peppers            
Living Room, Providence November 9, 1987 Circle Jerks            
Living Room, Providence November 11, 1987 Husker Du            
Living Room, Providence November 13, 1987 Ron Wood & Bo Diddley            
Living Room, Providence November 19, 1987 The Ramones            
Living Room, Providence November 20, 1987 Blue Öyster Cult            
Living Room, Providence December 5, 1987 The Pixies            
Living Room, Providence December 11, 1987 Molly Hatchet            
  1988 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Living Room, Providence January 21, 1988 Exodus M.O.D.          
Living Room, Providence January 27, 1988 Exploited            
Living Room, Providence February 12, 1988 The Dead Milkmen            
Living Room, Providence April 21, 1988 Crumbsuckers Wargasm          
Living Room, Providence April 27, 1988 The Ramones BB Buell & The Gargoyles   YES      
Living Room, Providence April 28, 1988 Dirty Looks Skid Row   YES      
Living Room, Providence May 1, 1988 MX Rash Of Stabbings Tyger Tyger YES      
Living Room, Providence May 4, 1988 Del-Lords Asa Brebner   YES      
Living Room, Providence May 6, 1988 Iron Butterfly     YES      
Living Room, Providence May 7, 1988 Willie Alexander & The Neighborhoods Robin Laine & The Chartbusters   YES      
Living Room, Providence May 12, 1988 Wendy O' Williams     YES      
Living Room, Providence May 13, 1988 Robin Trower     YES      
Living Room, Providence May 14, 1988 The Romantics     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 2, 1988 M.D.C.            
Living Room, Providence June 4, 1988 The Dead Milkmen            
Living Room, Providence June 6, 1988 Bad Brains            
Living Room, Providence June 10, 1988 Tower Of Power Groove Masters   YES      
Living Room, Providence June 11, 1988 Throwing Muses     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 18, 1988 Lena Lovich     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 20, 1988 Circle Jerks 7 Seconds          
Living Room, Providence June 24, 1988 Mighty Lemon Drops The Wildflowers   YES      
Living Room, Providence June 26, 1988 Soul Asylum     YES      
Living Room, Providence June 29, 1988 John Entwistle     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 1, 1988 Max Creek     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 2, 1988 Max Creek     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 7, 1988 Testament Vio-lence          
Living Room, Providence July 7, 1988 Meat Puppets     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 14, 1988 Third World     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 17, 1988 Nina Hagen     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 18, 1988 Henry Rollins Band Mallethead          
Living Room, Providence July 19, 1988 Circle Jerks     YES      
Living Room, Providence July 21, 1988 M.O.D.            
Living Room, Providence July 25, 1988 Overkill Nuclear Assault          
Living Room, Providence July 27, 1988 Max Creek     YES      
Living Room, Providence August 3, 1988 Max Creek            
Living Room, Providence August 5, 1988 Hot Tuna David Bromberg   YES      
Living Room, Providence August 10, 1988 Max Creek            
Living Room, Providence August 11, 1988 The Dickies     YES      
Living Room, Providence August 12, 1988 The Raindogs MX   YES      
Living Room, Providence August 16, 1988 The Smithereens Stealin Horses   YES      
Living Room, Providence August 17, 1988 Max Creek            
Living Room, Providence August 19, 1988 Max Creek     YES      
Living Room, Providence August 22, 1988 Toots and The Maytals Massal   YES      
Living Room, Providence August 24, 1988 Max Creek            
Living Room, Providence August 26, 1988 The Neighborhoods     YES      
Living Room, Providence August 31, 1988 Max Creek            
Living Room, Providence September 6, 1988 King Diamond Flotsam & Jetsam   YES      
Living Room, Providence September 7, 1988 Max Creek            
Living Room, Providence September 7, 1988 Neutral Nation Rash Of Stabbings